Former senate president, Ken Nnamani says the rejection of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s third term bid in 2006 hindered some other proposals which would have benefited the country.
In his newly released book, ‘Standing Strong: Legislative Reforms, Third Term and Other Issues of the 5th Senate’, the chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC said the proposal to create the sixth state in the South-east was one of the proposals “thrown out along with the third term proposal”.
According to him: “The defeat of the third term project left several casualties in its wake. Among these were many of the people who stuck out their neck for and against the proposal,”
“The excellent proposals in the amendment bill that were thrown out along with the third term proposal and the very important issue of trust in government.
“There were several proposed amendments in the third term bill that would have been of great benefit to Nigeria that became casualties of third term.
“Among these were the proposed amendments to the administration of local governments, the removal of immunity clause from criminal prosecution for political office holders, the insitutionalisation of rotational presidency, provision for independent candidacy and fostering a better geopolitical balance by enabling the creation of a sixth state for south-east.
“In the end, it would seem that the baby was thrown away with the bathwater.”